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My ” HEALTHIEST HOLIDAY EVER ” family feature for the day! Auntie

Healthiest Holiday Ever

By Ayanna Penn


Like mother Like daughter! My auntie Lulabelle Bonillais a true ROCK STAR, she just doesn’t realize it yet ! This past April 2014 she shared with me some scary news. Her doctor told her the all too common news that she was pre diabetic and had high blood pressure issues due to being overweight and not eating properly. And pretty much working too hard but not taking care of herself. She shared that she had seen the INCREDIBLE transformations of her daughter Kenya Starkes and niece Lion Ess right before her eyes at they had lost 76 lbs between the two of them!

She fully believed that with the combination of my teams coach support, Shakeology and Beachbody programs she could reclaim her health and her LIFE too!
Her time was limited however. The doctor said she had to safely lose 30 lbs in 2mos in order to fall out of the diabetic range and avoid prescription meds.

Thankful she was so humbled and ready to get busy because I told her that her goal was so attainable. She would literally just have to work at it like her life depended on it.

So in April of this year, at the age of 57, She jumped in with both feet! Invested her time and money into the Beachbody Ultimate Reset for 21 Days. On the program she planned and cooked her own healthy meals, drank Shakeology daily, power walked, did Tai Cheng and even worked out in our team fit clubs. She followed our recommendations to the letter and lost 19 lbs in 21 days! From there she started the advanced schedule for Turbo Fire and continues the program faithfully to this day!

In April 2014 she was 198 lbs struggling to get a grip on her health and today she is 159 lbs and still going strong! Thats 39 lbs gone!

Her story is still unfolding! She recently had her Healthiest birthday in years (Happy 58!), she continues a healthy lifestyle, works out and runs almost daily AND even performed a Bellydance routine with her healthier daughter, my sister and I before a live audience! Her fitness continues to bring her new life experiences and she can tell you how much that means to her children and the love of her life…..her grandson Elijah ♡

Lulabelle has been paying it forward ever since by becoming one of my teams dedicated coaches. So if her story resonates with you or someone you love, please put Waaaay to the side and reach out to us so we can help you have your healthiest holiday ever!


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Healthiest Holiday Ever Featuring Tiyanna B

By Ayanna Penn

My “Healthiest Holiday Ever” family feature of the day:

 My Cousin 

10734265_4889964502324_3444233447637755207_n*Being healthy is more than just weightloss*

This success recognition is special because it’s meant to inspire the reader AND the leader herself Lion Ess. She is going thru a really tough moment in her life (moments we all have at one time or another). I’m confident that this will be one of many that she will overcome because she is triumphant! The purpose of this share is to provide her and anyone else who can relate, a story of hope! Pray for her strength and help me celebrate her and lift her up as I keep it real this holiday season.

Lion Ess aka Tiyanna aka Cupcake (to those who really endear her like myself) is one of THE sweetest, most faithful, most selfless, insightful and loyal people you could ever know. And to her one and only son she is also an incredible momma bear!

Tiyanna is a true fighter for her convictions and beliefs but not without obstacle. For as long as I have known my little cousin she has had an uphill battle seeking acceptance and unconditional love from the ones she loves and protects the most. She has been and continues to be met with conditions on their love and once upon a time it took a tremendous toll on her health physically and emotionally.

Knowing her struggle I couldn’t sit back and not offer her solutions to helping her gain better clarity and perspective, so one day a year ago, she and I reonnected. All i could see in her spirit, was love and a desire to live the life of her dreams, healthy and happy with those around her, especially her son. I validated her for her AMAZINGLY HUGE heart and care for others, but then asked her to snap out of it and give herself permission to put her OWN health first, once and for all. This would be the only way she could fully experience her best self amongst all of the madness of life!

This time last year she’ll tell you it was rough. Suffering from high anxiety due to stress, pre-diabetic warning signs, high cholesterol (a family trait) and thyroid issues, all negatively impacted her ability to just deal with the day to day. Add to that the stress of negativity physically invading her personal space, and trying manage it with emotional eating, lets just say, to any one, it can seem like fighting an uphill battle wearing a cement vest. But i knew what would help her…..because it helped me at my toughest time.

I was humbled that she welcomed me to being more than just her big cousin, but her health coach and cheerleader, ready to help her take charge of her own health. I recommended that she try an amazing nutrition focused detox program called the Beachbody 21 day Ultimate Reset. Told her it was so life transforming that when I did it, it delivered me from the toxins in my body, toxins in my mind AND delivered me from the deep grief I had experienced at the time, when my mother law was in the process of losing her battle with cancer. I’d learned that the only way to battle grief and stressful times was to refrain from feeding yourself abusive junkfoods but instead feeding your body clean foods from God’s Garden. And I had to share this revelation with her.

She agreed to do the Ultimate Reset and to reclaim a do over for her body, mind and spirit, and we partnered together to make it happen in 21 days!

The before photo posted here was taken a just a year ago. And she has lost a total of 30 lbs between doing the 21 day Ultimate Reset And the 21 day fix! All of her health stats improved dramatically. No more being borderline diabetic, no more high cholesterol, no more Thyroid issues and with making better food choices and working out with people who love and root for her, she now has a healthier outlet to handle stress. She is now one of our team’s top coaches helping others who have yet to discover their fitness solution or who struggle with the courage to start.

Tiyanna is a courageous Lion Ess! Despite the ongoing roller coaster of life, I encourage her and anyone else who wants a better life for themselves, to not be hindered by what others say you can’t do but to dig deep and recognize you are worthy of the health and the life of your dreams. CLAIM IT and RECLAIM IT as often as you need to! The smile you carry will keep you lifted and give others who try to get in your way the clue that God AND Team Diamond Cut has your back! XOXOXO

Praying for you and your loved ones to have their Healthiest Holiday Ever so if Tiyanna or I can help give you a place to begin or just an ear of understanding, pls connect.

Connect with Tiyanna www.teambeachbody.com/inspiringfitness18


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Healthiest Holiday Ever My Mom

By Ayanna Penn

My “Healthiest Holiday Ever” Family feature of the Day:

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 My Mom 

I’ve shared her story before and she doesn’t mind that I share it over and over again because our yesterday can make a HUGE difference in someone else’s life TODAY.

My mom is not a military Veteran, but she’s a vet and a survivor in many other ways. In the before picture here, she was literally at her Rockbottom. But she has since risen like a Phoenix. Please be inspired by her story.

My mom tipped the scale at a very unhealthy 268 lbs and was already dealing with obesity related issues and struggling with weightloss when she became wheelchair bound. You see 10 +years ago my mom was a fast paced, energetic, hardworking single mother when one day on her way to work, she found herself tangled in a tragic taxi cab collision. The driver died and she survived by the Grace of God, but her life has NEVER been the same since. She sustained long term injury, years of reconstructive surgeries, physical therapies and pain while still raising us children at home and ultimately returning to work in her handicapped state (disabled or not bills still had to be paid) She worked until her retirement was reached 37 yrs in one job.

In her physical state, she couldn’t enjoy retirement at all and she couldn’t even be active with her grandchildren or in her own life! Already feeling hopeless she still had a additional major reconstructive surgery on her hips in her future and was worried what more of her independence she would lose going under the knife, so she put it off for a very long time. Years.

In that time she made the most of her limited mobility and found joy in helping to babysit my boys, while I worked long hours as a social worker and investigator at my city job. But when her hips almost broke due to wear n tear from her accident, and excess weight she was rushed into surgery. Her body literally reached its breaking point.

The BEFORE picture above is the result of her just having had surgery. Spent a month in a wheelchair. She felt even more hopeless than before because her battle with obesity now included an uphill battle in a wheelchair. She felt doomed to a life of medication and pain and dependency.

Around this time I was still working full time as a social worker but I was also a new Beachbody Coach finding out how tried telling her how I truly believed that I could help coach her back to a weightloss that will help her out of her chair and Ada a new Beachbody coach I used my first check to purchase my mom her own month supply of Shakeology to replace a meal with daily from her chair. …..the rest is history.

Her AFTER photo was taken 7 months later. Losing an average of 10-13 lbs a month with Commitment, Dedication, focus, Daily Shakeology, cleaner eating, a few treats here and there and lots of support from her biggest fans, she lost 79 lbs to reach healthier 189lbs!

She hadn’t been under 200lbs over 30 years! And STARTED from a wheelchair at that!

Today she is still a work in progress but her support and nutrition plan is solid, and give or take a few pounds gained here and there as we all do, she maintains her healthy loss without excuse!

My mom is now Full of life and feeling hopeful being off all prescription medication. Its safe to say she is now having her Healthiest Holiday Ever! Love you mom for your continued example of strength and perseverance!

So here’s a CALL TO ACTION :
Remembering that your family needs your “presence” and not your “presents”, would you care to have my personalized support or the support of one of my coaches, for you or a loved one in doing the same? Or simply TAG someone you’d like this story to inspire 

Lets make this YOUR Healthiest Holiday Ever too!

Really hope her story inspires someone. So tomorrow and all week I hope to share more of my healthy family transformations. Pls check back  God Bless!

Ayanna Penn

Team Diamond Cut

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